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Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)

The Light Utility Helicopter will provide organic general support at Corps and Division Levels. The primary mission for the LUH is to provide aerial transport for logistical and administrative support. Considerations for the LUH include SLEP of the UH-1 fleet, or the purchase/lease of an Aircraft already in production. The requirements for the LUH are not yet determined. First Unit Equipped goal is 30 October 2008. The LUH is intended to replace Vietnam era UH-1H and OH-58A/C aircraft. Light Utility Helicopter is a program to fill the niche missions in which the UH-60 capability may be less than optimal. The LUH will provide organic general aviation support at Corps and Division level. The primary mission for the LUH is to provide aerial transport of staff and liaison elements, air messenger service, air movement of supplies, maintenance support, and limited command and control. Through itís speed and agility, the LUH will meet time sensitive transport requirements for urgently needed documents, supplies/equipment, and/or limited number of forces that are not already available through an existing ground transportation network.

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